Investigators: Moundsville Man Molested Teenager in Ohio County

A Moundsville man was arrested Sunday after a teenager had accused him earlier this year of sexual assault that dates back to 2016.

The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office charged Timothy James Criswell Sr., 33, with a felony sexual assault charge.

He posted $25,000 bond and will appear before Magistrate Charles Murphy on a yet-unscheduled date.

In January, Ohio County Sheriff’s deputies met with a teenage girl after she had allegedly told a neighbor during an argument that Criswell had molested her on several occasions.

When speaking with officers, the girl said Criswell had attempted repeatedly to touch her inappropriately, including attempting to follow her into a basement to do so. On one occasion, the girl said she woke up with Criswell’s hand allegedly in her pants.

The alleged abuse occurred when Criswell lived in Ohio County.

In an unrelated matter, police also responded to a burglary earlier this month on Jacob Street, where a woman said a man had made his way into her residence and threatened her.

Upon arriving at the scene, Wheeling police found Michael Mortakis Jr., 22 of Wheeling, allegedly leaving the house through the garage, where he was promptly detained.

The homeowner told police that she was asleep in her bed when she awoke to find Mortakis, standing in her doorway, yelling that he was “coming for you,” and that he “will kill (her).”

Mortakis was said to have formerly lived at the residence. He was believed to have entered through a side door, which had been screwed shut but had been loosened since, allowing entrance.

Mortakis was charged with felony burglary. After initially being held on $10,000 bond, Mortakis was released on $5,000 bond that Murphy modified at a May 9 hearing.

His preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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